Andy Greene’s The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s: An Oral History is an interesting oral history of the inception and filming of nine seasons of a beloved sitcom.
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The writers, producers, staff, and actors of The Office share their thoughts on the series and specific key episodes through an interview format.
Fans of hugely popular sitcom The Office will delight in this super interesting oral history of the entire series. Many key cast members, as well as producers, directors, and writers, share their thoughts on any topic you could think of relating to the sitcom’s nine-year run.
I am a mega-fan of both The Office and oral histories, so this book definitely worked for me. Greene expertly brought the quotes from so many key players in the sitcom together a create well-curated story of the show’s inception, filming, wins, failures, and everything in between. I know so much The Office trivia, but I was still able to learn some really interesting tidbits, as well as tons of information about the production, writing, and all kinds of behind the scenes details I’d never dug into before.
That said, mega-fans may find that they’ve already heard about many of the details included in this book. The internet already knows so much about The Office that there aren’t that many “aha” facts that weren’t already accessible. Further, main players such as Steve Carell and John Krasinski seem not to have participated in the interviews that led to this book, which is of course a let down for lovers of Michael Scott and Jim Halpert.
Ultimately, I found The Office to be a fun, fascinating, if not slightly long-winded book. I really enjoyed revisiting in-depth the characters and episodes I love so much and learning lots about the behind-the-scenes of the show, and I loved the oral history format of the book. I definitely recommend to fans of sitcom.
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